Hossa, Finland, mountain biking route
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Route descriptionHossa National Park is definitely among the best mountain biking destinations in Finland. Hossa’s stunning nature offers beautiful forest and lake landscape as well as countless ridges. An extensive mountain biking trail network in the National Park is very well marked, so even a free map will be enough for navigation in the terrain. This map is available from the Nature Centre within its opening hours.
The Hossa National Park has a trail network of approximately 90 km. It can also be utilized for mountain biking. Mountain biking is therefore permitted on all of the marked trails (also walking trails). However, it is worth bearing in mind, that the walking trails are much more technical in comparison to the mountain biking trails. In some places they are too difficult for mountain biking.
Most of the Hossa’s mountain biking trails start at the Nature Centre (Jatkosalmentie 6, 89920 Suomussalmi). Here you will find an info-desk of the National Park and a large car park. The village of Hossa is located about 4.5 kilometers away from the Nature Centre. However, this distance can be easily mountain biked and the consists of a beautiful ridge terrain and some singletrack/forest road. This transfer from Hossa village to the Nature Center has also been taken into account in the GPS track (download link below).
The Hossa National Park is very well maintained. All cabins, shelters, wooden bridges and route markers are in a very good condition. Here you will definitely have plenty of nice places for rest in the wonderful scenery! The singletracks are fast, with a lot of fun turns and twists. These are a pleasure to mountain bike regardless of the skill level. There are only few technical places on the mountain biking trails, but these are usually ridable as well. However, everything changes on the walking routes, where even the experienced riders will have to dismount and push the bike in some places.
The route ridden in this description is 48.5 kilometers long. It combines mountain biking and walking trails, and is designed to reach a larger part of the sights in Hossa National Park. The route is very demanding in some places, so it is not recommended for beginners! Below is a detailed description of the route sections:
Hossa Village-Nature Center
The section is approximately 4.5 kilometers long. It starts at the asphalt road and later continues on the skiing paths on the top of the beautiful ridges. Here you can get your first taste of what is waiting ahead.
Nature Center – Harjujen Huikonen (until half way)
Harjujen Huikonen mountain biking trail runs through the very beautiful ridge scenery. The singletrack is technically easy and fast. This section has some ridge climbs and descents, but most of them are easily ridable. Harjujen Huikonen is suitable for beginners and families as a day trip. Return trip can be done on an asphalt road (see map below).
Sininen Saavutus (route continues) – Lihapyörre
The route continues with a slightly more technical singletrack, with more climbs and descents. Stones, roots and duck-boards also start to appear here. However, Sininen Saavutus does not require professional mountain biking skills, but an average enthusiast will enjoy riding this section for sure. The section ends at Lihapyörre shelter on the shore of Somerjoki.
Lihapyörre – Värikallion Kaarros (intersection, 1km)
Värikallion Kaarros is a hiking route, what makes it more challenging for mountain biking. Thus, this section is not suitable for beginners nor families on mountain bikes. However, more experienced mountain bikers will enjoy an additional technical challenge of this section. There are a lot more of stones and roots here. The section is mainly ridable, but in few places you will have to dismount the bike.
Värikallion Kaarros (intersection, 1 km) – Julma-Ölkky (café)
This is the most technically challenging part of the whole route, and it is important to reserve enough time for riding it. You will have to ride this section in both directions, so honest assessment of own technical skills is a key from safety perspective. This section is not suitable for beginners, and it is also very slippery during rainy weather. The section contains a lot of rocks, roots and some duck-boards. Full suspension bike will definitelly make your life much easier here! The section ends at the Julma-Ölky café. Here you can buy some snacks, coffee and have some rest. The length of this section is 2.3 km in one direction.
Ölökyn Ahkäsy hiking route
It is a hiking route that circulates around the Julma-Ölkky lake. This is one of the most beautiful areas of the national park and is definitely worth visiting! High, steep rock walls (up to 50 meters) and the canyon lake offer spectacular views and a technically challenging hiking route. This route is not suitable for mountain biking! One of the options is to leave your bike near the Julma-Ölkky café and walk through this route. The route is 10 km long in total, but you can cut the distance by half by using a hanging bridge across the lake (Ölökyn Ylitys).
Värikallion Kaarros (the second part) – Sininen Saavutus (intersection)
The section is quite demanding for mountain biking, but is mainly ridable. It has a little bit of everything: stones, roots, fast and easy single track, duck-boards and stairs. This section also runs on top of the ridges in some places, so there are plenty of climbs and descents here as well. Along the route, you can stop in Ala-Ölkky or Värikallio shelters. At the latter you can explore famous thousands of years old rock drawings of Värikallio.
Sininen Saavutus (intersection) – Kokalmus
From this junction onwards the route follows the “Sininen Saavutus” mountain biking route. The route consists of mainly fast and easy singletracks, but there is also some challenge in the form of roots and duck-boards. This is possibly one of the quickest stages of the route, as it runs on a slight downhill. The section ends on a well-equipped shelter at Kokalmus. It also has a magnificent lakeside scenery (lake Kokalmus).
Kokalmus – Lipponen Salmi
The route continues along the shore of the Kokalmus lake and its magnificent pine forest landscape. The section is technically easy with a flowy and fast singletrack. The section ends at Lipposen Salmi – shelter, at the bank of the lake. There is also a small sandy beach here.
Lipposen Salmi – Huosivirta
The route turns left into the woods. The first part (approx. 2-3 km) is technically challenging, as the route runs slightly uphill. At the same time there are lots of technical roots and wet sections here. You should reserve a little more time for riding here. After this, the singletrack becomes easy and flowy again.
Huosivirta – Nature Center
The last leg of the route runs on the asphalt road all the way to the Nature Center. This is quite welcome though, as the energy level is likely to be quite low at this point.